Running a Successful Affiliate Marketing Business Isn’t “a Real Job”

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Few things in the affiliate marketing industry infuriate me more than hearing someone say, for whatever reason, “I may have to go out and get a real job”. In the ongoing fight with various state legislatures, the tax scheme commonly called the “Amazon tax” seeks to use affiliates of online merchants as definitions of nexuses for said merchants. Doing so …

An Affiliate Wake-Up Call: The Case Against URL Shortening Services

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Earlier this week, URL shortener tr.im shut down. Then they reopened after what they’re calling an outpouring of support from users. Sort of. Is this the service you should trust your redirection to? Using a URL shortening service is a popular way to hide a destination, save space in a Twitter or Identi.ca message, and cloak affiliate links. It’s that …

Web 3.0: The Government Strikes Back, Part One

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The Federal Trade Commission wants to more tightly regulate what bloggers and website owners say on their sites about products and services. They even want to regulate how we link to other websites. Is this consumer protection or over-the-top government intervention where little is needed? Look up in the title bar of your browser – see that? Apparently, I’m an …

The Friday Podcast with Andrew Wee

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Earlier this week, I was a guest on Andrew Wee’s Friday Podcast, which was posted to his website last night. Andrew is an internet marketer and blogger and one heck of an interviewer as well. I had a great time, though I think that once you start listening, you’ll get that I don’t have any experience being interviewed – I …

Top 5 Ways Affiliate Programs Suck

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I’m not a professional affiliate marketer. I’m a user of several networks, but it’s not my goal to be the top dog in that industry. Obviously, I’ve got advertising on my little site here. It’s pretty minimal really, compared to some. If there’s one thing I can’t stand, it’s being beaten about the head and shoulders with ads when I …